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Bourbon Offshore vessel sinks in the Atlantic Ocean. Three crew saved, 11 missing

Written by Paulo Nogueira
Published 30/09/2019 às 07:26

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Bourbon Offshore vessel sinks in the Atlantic Ocean. Three crew saved, 11 missing

The offshore tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode, which found itself near the eye of Hurricane Lorenzo on Thursday, has sunk in the Atlantic, the ship's owner has confirmed. Three crew members were rescued, while the search for the remaining eleven crew members is ongoing.

The Bourbon Rhode was en route from Las Palmas to Guyana when it sent a distress call on Thursday, reporting water entering the rear of the vessel. The ship, with 14 crew on board, was 1.200 nautical miles from the island of Martinique and 60 nautical miles southeast-southeast, in the eye of category 4 hurricane “Lorenzo”.

Bourbon said on Thursday night that the bulk carrier “SSI EXCELLENT” requested to change course and help Bourbon Rhode. The bulk carrier was located 200 nautical miles south of the last known site of the Bourbon Rhode, built in 2006.

In an update on Saturday, Bourbon Offshore said: “In the context of the search operations for the tugboat Bourbon Rhode, which began on September 26, rescuers deployed have recovered a lifeboat with three crew on board, the boat was identified by a Falcon 50 [jet plane] specially equipped for this type of mission and sent by the French Navy.

According to (unofficial) information from the Facebook group BOURBON RHODE RESCUE, the rescued members are a Russian and two Ukrainians.

“The three crew members are currently responsible for the medical support team on board the commercial vessel, who provided assistance, and are currently under medical observation,” Bourbon said.

The Bourbon on Saturday also confirmed the vessel had sunk and said the search was continuing "in weather conditions that are improving".


“All the necessary means are implemented by Cross AG and the French Navy, under the authority of the Mayor who represents the maritime authority of the State, that is, numerous flights carried out by the Falcon 50 in the search zone. Numerous commercial ships had their course altered to offer assistance, as well as a US National Hurricane Center plane,” said Bourbon Offshore.

“The crisis cell created by BOURBON works closely with Cross AG and the French Navy. BOURBON teams are mobilized to keep crew members' families informed and offer full support in this difficult time. An update on the situation will be published shortly,” the owner of the French vessel said on Saturday afternoon.

Croatian news website Večernji reported that the ship's captain is Dino Miškić, from Šibenik, Croatia. He is one of eleven crew members who are still missing.

Update: Monday, September 30, 2019 - Overturned fast rescue craft spotted

In an update on Sunday night, Bourbon said the search for the Bourbon Rhode continues with the full support of Cross AG and the French navy, under the authority of the prefect representing the French national maritime authority.

“Five commercial vessels changed course to bring assistance to rescue teams. A French Navy Falcon 50, as well as aircraft from the American National Hurricane Center (NHC), conducted numerous flybys of the search area. The French Navy surveillance frigate “Ventôse” and the helicopter “Panther” will intervene tomorrow, September 30,” said Bourbon.

The map shows the last known location of Bourbon Rhode – generated by VesselsValue

“[On Saturday] in the early evening, a fast rescue vessel was capsized first by the NHC aircraft and then by the Falcon 50. A commercial vessel involved in the operation is currently heading towards it to try to recover. BOURBON's cell and crisis teams remain fully mobilized to follow the situation and keep in touch with the families of the crew members, bringing all their support in this difficult time”, said Bourbon on Sunday evening (CET).

Source: Offshore Energy Today

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Paulo Nogueira

With a technical background, I worked in the offshore oil and gas market for a few years. Today, my team and I are dedicated to bringing information from the Brazilian energy sector and the world, always with credible and up-to-date sources.

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